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2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max: Zerene Stacker Focus Stacking

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MPG tested the Apple 16.2" MacBook Pro with M2 Max Chip Z1740017Z, maxed-out excepting 4TB SSD.

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2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max

For my photographic work, I use Zerene Stacker heavily for focus stacking and it takes minutes to do some stacks, so speed here matters. Zerene Stacker is not the fastest stacking software out there (see Helicon Focus results), but minimizing touchup work is far more important and that’s where Zerene Stacker shines by yielding results that minimize the need for retouching and my retouching time is far more important than the computer time.

Zerene Stacker is outstanding at using all CPU cores. Being Java-based, it does not use the GPU.

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Results

See for example Nikon D850 'Focus Shift shooting' feature for Easy Focus Stacking.

Zerene Stacker DMAP: focus stack 20 X 150 megapixel and 28 X 45 megapixel 16-bit TIF.

The 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max is super impressive here compared to the 2019 iMac 5K.

And given the CPU core difference vs the 28-core Mac Pro, it does astonishingly well—an 8+4-core laptop not that far off a 28-core desktop—wow!

UPDATE 2023-0501: results are invalid for the 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max because Interpolation = Lanczos 8 was used in Intel machines (very slow) and something else (unknown for MBP, probably Lanczos 4). Correct figures cannot be obtained since the test machine is no longer available. Times shown for MBP M2 Max are estimates based on 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max.

2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max vs 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro: focus stacking in Zerene Stacker
2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max
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